ExpertsDebra Teachout, DVM, MVSc
Dr. Teachout is a practicing veterinarian, who graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She also holds an advanced degree in veterinary clinical pathology from Western College of Veterinary Medicine and has completed additional coursework in farmed animal welfare. Dr. Teachout states:
The handling and slaughter methods captured in this video are appalling from an animal welfare point of view.
Dr. Balcombe is an ethologist with Bachelors and Masters degrees in biology, and a Doctorate in animal behavior from the University of Tennessee. He is the author of four books on animal behavior, as well as more than 40 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal papers. Dr. Balcombe states:
Either the handlers think fishes have no feeling, or they are being sadistic.
Handling such as that shown in this footage is extremely cruel and heartless and should be outlawed immediately.
Dr. Schrader is a practicing veterinarian, who obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schrader has over 35 years of experience working with animals, particularly animals with serious, difficult-to-diagnose disorders. Dr. Schrader states:
As catfish cannot live out of the water for a prolonged period, it can be presumed that they are suffocating, and undergoing the stress and pain that accompanies it.
To skin and dismember a fish while it is obviously alive and responsive is cruel, inhumane and without excuse.
Dr. Rollin is a distinguished professor of animal science at Colorado State University and is well known internationally for his over 30 years of work in animal welfare. He was a major architect of federal laws protecting laboratory animals, and has written two books on farmed animal welfare. He is a member of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production and serves as an adviser on animal welfare issues in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Rollin states:
The behavior of these workers is robotic, showing absolutely no regard for the possibility that the animals feel anything.
Failure to (stun fish prior to skinning) appears to constitute a paradigmatic instance of animal cruelty.
Dr. Grandin is considered the world's leading expert on farmed-animal welfare. She is an associate professor of livestock behavior at Colorado State University and an animal welfare advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the meat industry. In response to this investigation, Dr. Grandin states: